We’ve been kicking off a four day weekend with a bang. Eliza didn’t have school today (Parent Teacher Conferences) and is going to be off Monday too (President’s Day). Jake doesn’t get either off (sucka!).

Eliza

I’m looking forward to lots of mom-Eliza time. I miss getting her all to myself; we were two peas before Kindergarden.

After we dropped Jake off at work (we’re a one car family), the kids and I came home and cleaned our rooms a bit (well, Jonas made messes while Eliza and I cleaned, anyway). Poppy (my grandpa) came over to watch the kids and I went to E’s conference. Eliza’s doing swimmingly, thank goodness. She had a bit of trouble emotionally at the beginning of Kindergarden. She also had some difficulty focusing sometimes. But now she’s done with all that and is performing exceptionally on all accounts. Here we come first grade!

"I Can Do That!"

When I got home, Jonas was napping. So Eliza and I played Cat in the Hat I Can Do That!, which is probably the best game for kids ever invented. It pumps up self-confidence, encourages sillyness and laughter, and can do some teaching as well.

"I Can Do That!"

You draw three cards from three color groups and put them together to say something like, “Take four giant steps with the rake on your belly.” If you think you can do it, you say, “I can do that!” and then try. If not, you can swap out a card. If you do it, you keep the cards. You might also draw a “Stop!” card, in which case you keep the “Stop!” card and return the rest. When all the cards are gone, each player counts the little blue stars on their cards. Cards have 1-3 stars at random, so the winner isn’t necessarily the person with the most cards.

"I Can Do That!"

Good times.

Doctor's Office

After the game and lunch, we went to Jonas’s doctor appointment. Dreaded shots! We had fun leading up to the shots, though. The kids played with that awesome cube thing, we read several books, Eliza recited Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? to us about a thousand times, and we (literally) chased each other around the office. I love that the rooms are huge, so we don’t feel cramped in there. Eliza and I had fun popping out at Jonas from behind chairs and curtains. He laughed and laughed. All in all, there were more giggles than tears. Success.

Loose Park

We only had an hour or so after the doctor’s before we had to pick up Jake, so we headed for the park.

Loose Park

E beelined straight for the sand pit.

Loose Park

It was impossible to get a photo of Jonas’s face; he was too go go go! He spent pretty much the whole time climbing. He was happy to not get in trouble for climbing on things for once. He also loved the swings and the slide.

Loose Park

By the way, I love city parks. Seeing buildings in the background makes me feel like I’m in Sesame Street.

After all that, I feel like taking a nap. Chasing a baby is hard work! But alas, I’m off to make dinner. I’ll be back later tonight with a recipe post :)